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Dague, Laura Associate Professor


Dr. Laura Dague is an associate professor in the Public Service and Administration department in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M she also holds affiliations with the Department of Economics, the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Center for Health Systems & Design, and the Institute of Data Science. She earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her doctoral fields of study were public economics and labor economics. She is a faculty affiliate at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Financial Security and a Research Associate in the NBER's Economics of Health program, as well as an invited researcher at J-PAL, an associate editor at the Journal of Health Economics, and on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.

Dr. Dague's research interests are in health economics, particularly the economics of public health insurance. The majority of her work focuses on the Medicaid program and uses quasi-experimental econometric analyses informed by economic theory to study the causal effects of Medicaid policies. In current projects, she is studying the implications of COVID-era Medicaid policies (including continuous coverage and its unwinding as well as telehealth related policies), and how Medicaid can influence health care use, employment and reincarceration for those recently released from prison. She is also leading the evaluation of Wisconsin's Medicaid 1115 waiver, funded by the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Dague also studies the economic impacts of access to paid leave particularly for people with disabilities or chronic health conditions and their families. Her work has been published in journals that include the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, JAMA Health Forum, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.

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